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'Downward Dog' details Pittsburghers will crave

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:59 PM Written by

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After watching the debut of ABC's "Downward Dog" (9:30 p.m. Wednesday, WTAE), Pittsburgh viewers may have a few questions.

I have a few answers beyond what was in Sunday's history of the series (how two Pittsburgh guys got a show on ABC, where they found the title star, etc.).

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ABC releases fall 2017 prime-time schedule

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:43 AM Written by

As upfronts week continues, it's ABC's turn to release its fall 2017 schedule.

Highlights include new 10 p.m. series three nights of the week and the new Marvel show "Inhumans" in the 9 p.m. Friday time slot.

ABC will have a two-hour comedy block Tuesday night with "The Middle" and "black-ish" relocating there from Wednesday night. ("American Housewife" jumps from Tuesday to Wednesday.)

"Once Upon a Time" moves from Sunday to Friday; "Shark Tank" jumps from Friday to Sunday. 

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Fox announced its fall 2017 schedule this morning, which includes a new "X-Men" TV series, "The Gifted" (trailer above).

Fox canceled "Scream Queens" and has no current plans for more "24: Legacy" or "Prison Break" but doesn't rule out bringing them back. 

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Spike TV remembers Heath Ledger

Monday, 15 May 2017 12:00 AM Written by

 

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A new 90-minute documentary, "I Am Heath Ledger" (10 p.m. Wednesday, Spike TV), explores the life of the late actor using footage he filmed and interviews with those who knew him, including actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn and Djimon Hounsou and directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke.

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NBC announces its fall 2017 TV schedule

Sunday, 14 May 2017 12:30 PM Written by

NBC announced its fall schedule via press release today.

Weirdest item: NBC canceled "Timeless" last week and then reversed course late Friday and renewed it, but it may not be back until 2018.

"This is Us" moves to 9 p.m. Thursday with the "Will & Grace" revival and "Great News" as lead-ins.

Two spin-offs, "Chicago Justice" and "The Blacklist: Redemption," aren't mentioned in NBC's release, although NBC chieftan Robert Greenblatt said  "Chicago Justice" may not be completely dead as it is in consideration for midseason.

"Trial & Error" is missing, too, but Greenblatt said talks with producer Warner Bros. are ongoing and it could still return at midseason.

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Post-Gazette online features editor Sharon Eberson and media writer Maria Sciullo join me to discuss "Gotham," "The Arrangement" and "Angie Tribeca."

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Dancing with the stars of 'World of Dance'

Monday, 08 May 2017 12:23 PM Written by

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Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and NE-YO are the "World of Dance" (10 tonight, WPXI) judges with Jenna Dewan Tatum as host and mentor in this new dance competition series. (UPDATE: NBC announced the show would premiere tonight back in March but evidently NBC changed the premiere date to May 30th at some point but I never saw a notice about a change in scheduling and can find no e-mail from NBC with a change notice in my inbox.)

Just don’t compare it to “Dancing with the Stars.” When that show was mentioned at a recent NBC press conference, Ms. Lopez shut down the chatter of competition with “Dancing with the Stars” with a quick, “No. Next.”

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